"Crossover" Week Shows Improvements In NC House Operations

For years, the state House of Representatives has been engaged in bitter fighting between Democrats and Republicans and within the G-O-P. But things have turned down a notch or two this year since Democrats now have their largest seat advantage in the chamber since the mid-1990s.

Many attribute the change to the good relationship between Speaker Joe Hackney and Republican leaders.

Hackney pledged civility and fairness in the legislative process. Republicans also have been working with Democrats on substantive bipartisan bills.

Hackney even allowed debate last week on a measure sought ardently by Republicans creating a constitutional amendment on eminent domain. The bill passed.

Representative Dan Blue is a former Democratic speaker. He says colleagues were just tired of the animosity and want to see good legislation passed, no matter who thinks of it.